This is the second of sixteen entries in the 2014 DEN March Madness Challenge. Explore these posts each day so you stay up to date of each entry in this year’s challenge. Read why this entry was nominated and how it can be used in the classroom. In addition, you’ll see an example of the tool in action.
ENTRY #2 – Animoto
Animoto is our second entry in DEN March Madness. DEN STARs Deb Thonus and Kelly Alford both nominated this one. Many people are familiar with this awesome tool, but if you’re not, this website creates video slideshows containing images, text, and short video clips. Students can upload images and video clips (their own or from Discovery Education) and then add their own text tiles to mashup and present content. Citations can be added as text tiles or captions under images. This web tool encourages students to choose the key details from the video segments they use. This is an easy to use platform for summarizing and presenting key content. The finished music video could be downloaded and imported to other video editing platforms to add voiceover narration.
Kelly’s students use this instead of regular reports and the kids love it!
The DEN Team used Animoto to share the learning from a DENapalooza event in Bradenton, Florida last fall. This is a great way to share a project or field trip your students might be involved in.
Stay tuned to the DEN Blogs as we continue to share the entries for this year’s DEN March Madness. If you have a favorite tool to use with Discovery Education content, let us know. What are some of the tools you use with Discovery Education content? What do you use to create, share, teach, curate, mashup, and learn with?